BETHLEHEM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Bethlehem police say they have arrested a Delmar man accused of sexual contact with a minor and later attempting to bribe a witness.
Police arrested 50-year-old Kenneth Winston on Friday after a report from Child Protective Services revealed he allegedly had sex with a girl under the age of 13. Police say the alleged sexual acts went on for seven months from May 2014 to November 2014. Bethlehem police say the girl was known to Winston and that the alleged abuse happened while they were inside Winston’s home.
Court documents obtained by NEWS10 ABC also detail how Winston allegedly tried at the time of his arrest to destroy a handwritten note in which he offered $15,000 to a witness to keep them from cooperating with investigators.
Winston is a manager with the New York State Justice Center for the Protection of People with Special Needs. Police say the girl was not a client of his agency. Police say they do not believe there are any other victims, but say they are working with Winston’s employer to identify any clients with special needs who had contact with him.
“There’s always a possibility,” Det. Sgt. Adam Hornick with the Bethlehem Police Department said. “We can’t say that for right now. But there’s always a possibility that those victims are ones that can’t voice their opinion to us or voice what happened to them, and that’s our job to be the voice for the voiceless and speak to those people and speak with their direct workers to see if anything did take place.”
Winston has been charged with seven felony counts:
- Predatory Sexual Assault Against a Child
- Rape in the first degree
- Course of Sexual Conduct Against a Child in the first degree
- Criminal Sexual Act in the first degree
- Sexual Abuse in the first degree
- Tampering with Physical Evidence
- Attempted Bribing a Witness
He was arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility without bail. A preliminary hearing is set for Wednesday, and the court also revoked Winston’s passport.
While the investigation is ongoing, police say there is no indication that there are other victims at this time. However, Bethlehem Police is encouraging individuals who had contact with Winston to speak to their children and contact police at 518-439-9973 with any concerns or questions in reference to this contact.